Abbott government cuts to legal services will hurt the most vulnerable

Cuts to community legal services will hurt society’s most vulnerable people, Member for Griffith Terri Butler MP said.

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 THURSDAY, 3 APRIL 2014

ABBOTT GOVERNMENT CUTS TO LEGAL SERVICES WILL HURT THE MOST VULNERABLE

 

Cuts to community legal services will hurt society’s most vulnerable people, Member for Griffith Terri Butler MP said.

Today is Community Law Australia’s National Day of Action to say “no” to legal assistance cuts, and “yes” to better funded and more accessible community legal centres for all Australians.

The Abbott government’s planned $19.6M cuts to community legal services over four years will make it harder for community legal centres to help people.

“Community legal centres already run on the smell of an oily rag,” Ms Butler said.

“Funding cuts will make them even more stretched. 

“Local community legal centres include the Women’s Legal Service, the Welfare Rights Centre, and Caxton Legal, among others,” she said. 

“Community legal centres help people who can’t afford private lawyers, but also can’t get legal aid.

“Community Law Australia has rightly said that unmet legal need is growing rapidly in Australia.

“Reducing funding for community legal centres will mean more people have nowhere to turn when they need legal help.

“That’s why I support today’s National Day of Action, and I call on the Abbott government to reconsider its planned cuts.”

 

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